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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
July 11
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Orlando resident in the hospitality industry, fan of horse (harness) racing, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and of course bridge.   Enjoy discussions about bridge rules and rulings.  And I'm a sarcastic pain in the ass.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my wife's first gold points in an open event at her first regional. I had been teaching her and told her she couldn't play knockouts and that she had to "earn" her gold in open events. I also fondly remember playing with her when she became a life master.
Bridge Accomplishments
I haven't throttled any of my partners.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lance Marrou, Elliot Raphaelson, Paul Dennis, John Moschella, and Karen Raphaelson (when she was still able to play)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
I wouldn't want to be in any club that would have me as a member.
Favorite Tournaments
Orlando Regional, since that's about the only one I go to, and I like regionals better than nationals, as you get to play the top players more often.
Favorite Conventions
Game Forcing Stayman (transfer/schmansfer), splinters, penalty doubles of 1NT.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Sub-standard American
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Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
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Master as a racist term
The problem Shawn is that our culture has turned into one where we are trying to cater to the most offended person. Not only that, being offended seems to be a badge of honor these days. We are so worried about one person taking something in the most offensive way ...
Would a 20-30 minute spectator delay impact BBO events in any meaningful way?
I agree with Randy, I think we can kill 2 or 3 birds with one stone. A delay will: 1) Remove one venue for cheating 2) Allow time for informative commentary, which can be very useful for increasing the fan base with educational/system informaiton 3) Possibly allow for editing ...
ACBL Treating players as "owned" by a specific club
Also Richard, businesses are quick to raise prices when fixed or variable prices increase, and slow to bring them back down when conditions return to "normal". If BBO realizes that people will pay $6 for 12 boards, I wouldn't be surprised if their normal games suddenly got more expensive ...
ACBL Treating players as "owned" by a specific club
I really think we should be able to support whatever club we wish. The fees are quite high for this "charity" cause, and some clubs have better deals (rent/utilities paid by local government or HOA) while others are in real danger of going under. Why should someone be forced ...
Bridge Winners Online Charity Team League EDIT: CANCELED
Great Idea! But I think maybe 9:PM Eastern would be late enough for people who work on both coasts (especially from home) to play at the same time, without keeping anyone up too late. But am I the only one who thinks $6 is a little steep for 12 ...
Summer NABC Moved
Seriously? We're talking about banning people because they don't feel the same way as you do? Sure, we're all concerned at some level. Those lucky enough to be employed have taken pay cuts. Close friends for many years have been terminated after 15 years. Entire industries and ...
Summer NABC Moved
Also that they cared about convenient restaurants or affordable housing.
Summer NABC Moved
This seemed too well thought-out and coherent to have actually been from the ACBL. Dead giveaway.
Rearranged match in a local league
If matches can be rearranged on request, and the league has it in writing before the draw that match 3 date might be problematic, why didn't the league reschedule? We need an option for "the league should apologize to both teams and fine the committee."
Another hand where you say who's to blame
Does "the book" really not differentiate between interference which is an overall and a preempt? This book could also be a poll option.

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